Joomla 2.5 is currently the most stable version of the superb Joomla content management system, and provides virtually anything a developer would need to create most websites without-of-the-box functionality. As one of the three major content management systems, Joomla has always had unique offerings when compared to either Drupal or WordPress.
The Benefits of Joomla 2.5 Over 1.5
- Better security features overall.
- Support for more extensions.
- Easier administration.
- Embedded SEO services.
Joomla 2.5 Offers Better Security
- Fixed core security vulnerabilities.
- Has been used for longer than Joomla 3.0.
- Over 300 bug fixes.
While Joomla 1.5 was still a very secure platform, many of the methods that it used are now outdated. Joomla 2.5 is a far more robust platform and includes far better security methods. Not only does the out-of-the-box platform offer better security upon installation, but there have been multiple security releases to reduce the overall risk of intrusion for the platform.
Support for More Extensions
Joomla 2.5 added in additional functionality for more extensions, which not only made extensions more powerful but also mean that many extensions transitioned over to supporting only 2.5. Most of the more popular extensions no longer work for 1.5 at all, and extensions for 3.0 may be open to security vulnerabilities that Joomla 2.5 has already been tested for.
Easier Administration Leads to Better Support
- Embedded CAPTCHA makes sites less vulnerable to marketing tactics.
- Joomla 2.5 is a long-term support release, which means it will be updated with new security releases and additional features for years to come.
Joomla 1.5's back-end is still considered by many to be much easier to use than Drupal's, but Joomla 2.5 upped the ante and made it even easier to manage. Joomla 2.5's back-end administrative functions are easy to use, attractive and internallly consistent.
Joomla Now Offers SEO
- SEO no longer requires potentially unsecure plugins.
- Out-of-the-box SEO feature streamlines marketing.
- Embedded SEO can be more effective.
Joomla 2.5 includes out-of-the-box support for SEO, which is something that Joomla 1.5 doesn't offer. While SEO plugins can be added to any website, the support for internal SEO is an excellent addition to an already extremely comprehensive content management system.
Easy Upgrades With Joomla 2.5
The newest versions of Joomla 2.5 make it extremely easy to upgrade a system and its plugins. Joomla 1.5 required manual updates and a very conscientious administrator, but Joomla 2.5 supports a one-touch upgrade system that ensures that you aways have the technology you need. Additionally, upgrades for items such as extensions and themes likely won't be available for Joomla 1.5 any longer.